Sport Specific Training & Rehabilitation offers physical therapy, massage therapy, and sports performance services.
SST provides out-patient orthopedic physical therapy, specializing in treating the athlete or active individual. In our setting, a physical therapist (PT) is an allied health care profession who treats individuals of all ages who have conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities. This starts with an initial examination to determine what impairments and limitations are present so a plan of care can be established to promote improved motion or mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent further disability in the future.
In addition, PTs work with individuals to developing home exercise programs and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Treatment interventions may include stretching or therapeutic exercise, manual therapy techniques, functional training, and the application of various physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities.
Physical therapy is typically performed through a physician's referral, if it is to be covered by health insurance. Our programs have a strong emphasis on exercise and functional activity, with a typical session lasting 45 to 60 minutes.
SST provides therapeutic massage services to our clients to treat soft tissue injuries, help rehabilitate sports injuries, decrease stress, and promote good general, overall health. Although a few insurances do cover massage when it is medically necessary, often this is a self-pay service that clients utilize for both its medical benefit and for relaxation purposes. Typically, when massage is done with a physician's referral and is to be billed to an insurance company, it is done in conjunction with physical therapy so some of the initial assessment will be done by the physical therapist to establish the plan of care before the massage therapist provides the actual treatment.
Massage therapists can specialize in many types of massage including Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, sports massage, neuromuscular massage and acupressure. At our facility the first time a patient is seen for massage their condition will be discussed and then they will be assessed. This gives the massage therapist a chance to discuss which techniques could be beneficial to the client and what the expected outcome would be.
Massage therapy services at SST are provided by clinicians from MassageTimeout. For more information, visit their site at MassageTimeout.com.
Often there is a need to "bridge the gap" between the time when formal rehabilitation ends and when an individual is able to participate in an activity/high level sports program at their pre-injury level of function. This is one of the roles that a sports performance program can serve.
- A transitional "Return to Sport Program" begins with a screening to determine any residual musculoskeletal impairment that may be present from a previous injury or surgery. The next step is to establish a functional baseline by having an athlete perform several standardized tests so this information can quantify deficits and help establish goals to achieve during subsequent training sessions.
- Off-season training to improve strength, power, speed and agility as an athlete prepares to enter their pre-season is an optimum time to participate in a sports performance program. It is during this time that the individual trains to be a "better athlete", while in-season should focus more on skill development and learning the technical aspects of the game.
Depending on which location you attend, sports performance programs can be designed by an SST staff member, or by one of the other specialists that we work with, such as D1 Sports Performance and Human Motion Associates.